Permanent Residence For Foreigners With Critical Skills

Section 27(a) – Residence on other grounds

This permanent residence category will require that the applicant, firstly, demonstrate and qualify in terms of the critical skills list, inter alia, written endorsement by the SAQA accredited professional body depending on the critical skill, SAQA assessment of foreign qualifications (note: if local qualifications then no need for SAQA) as well as formal and thorough due diligence in terms of recruitment and advertising processes before the appointment of such foreign applicant in the awarding of a permanent contract of employment.

Note: The advertising and recruitment processes are similar to that of the General Work Visa except the need to interact with the Department of Labour, which is of course highly advantageous as it negates the need to get bogged down with bureaucratic matters of other state agencies before one can apply.